Submitted to: Nature
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/6/2003
Publication Date: 7/10/2003
Citation: MCCORMICK, S.M. WRITING: THE CLEAR CHOICE. NATURE. 2003. v. 424:6945, p.128. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: It would be interesting to know the accessibility score for G. D. Gopen and J. A. Swan's paper "The science of scientific writing" (Am. Sci. 78, 550'558; 1990), cited in your News Feature about clarity (Nature 423, 376'378; 2003). I use this article in a course I teach. Although it makes some useful points, the students and I think it is overlong and full of unnecessarily complicated words and long-winded sentences. Writing workshops are great but not widely available. As an alternative, I highly recommend the workbook Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zieger (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2000) 'it works!